Sekidera Komachi

Utagawa Kunisada (aka Toyokuni III)

Sekidera Komachi

ca. 1822

woodblock print

14 3/4 by 9 7/8 in., 37.4 by 25.2 cm

Scholten Japanese Art

New York, NY

212.585.0474

$2,200 - $5,500

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The series title, Seven Episodes of Komachi of the Yoshiwara (Yoshiwara nana Komachi), refers to a group of seven Noh plays portraying apocryphal incidents in the life of Ono no Komachi (ca. 825-900), one of the Six Immortal Poets (Rokkasen). The print title, Sekidera Komachi, is the name of the play written by Zeami Motokiyo (1363- 1443) which portrays the lonely poetess at the end of her life. In the play, through a conversation with the priest of the Sekidera Temple, Komachi expresses her deep regret of her vanity and the prideful scorn she displayed towards the many would-be suitors of her youth.